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Top Ten Web Typography Sins

While many designers have been quick to embrace web standards, it's surprising how often the basic standards of typography are neglected. Here are ten deadly sins to avoid in your web typography.

Top Ten Web Typography Sins

Using hyphens instead of an em dash. If you need to interrupt yourself, do it with an em dash (alt+0151) instead of a pair of minus signs. This is a top pet peeve for countless editors. Using periods instead of ellipses. Most fonts provide a dedicated ellipsis character (alt+0133) to keep your type tidy. The ellipsis character fits the three dots into a single letterspace, which is especially beneficial for content that might be printed.

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How To Stop Being A Lazy Designer

From working with wide range of projects, I have learned one thing: designers are lazy (sometimes myself included). Most often it comes from our desire to get a quick signoff and move on with the next project. While several posts could have been written on this, I offer here a few suggestions guaranteed to make things at least a little bit easier in the end:

  • Name your layers and folders.
    What the heck do "Layer 234" and "Block Right Copy 23" mean? Have you ever tried to work with someone else's files and find that one layer within several hundreds of them?
  • Make sure you cover most case scenarios.
    Nothing can be worse for integration developers to guess how something needs to look or interact. Design for the worst case scenario first and only then look at the best case scenario — you are always good at that!
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Design and Independence

Designers are independent. In work, mindset and lifestyle. Yet in this Web age aren't we losing independence? For most designers the first tool to start designing from is the Adobe suite, a quite impressive set of tools that help us to make our work easier. But don't we rely too much on Adobe? For years people have been watching how Microsoft dominated the market. We lament that its applications are bloated and criticize its efforts to wipe away competitors. But instead of taking a stand, we continue to buy its products and we continue to moan.

We always have options. And in the design process we have them too. At the moment we don't really know to what level open source applications can compete with Adobe. But with support, with independent minds and strong community involvement, the open source movement can grow. Competition is a part of the progress and so is the choice. We need to maintain a competitive arena in design. And we need good open source alternatives for the tools we use. Independent start-ups are the lifeblood of the industry and the breath of fresh air we all need.

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10 Beautiful Things For A Beautiful Life

With this post we start to publish finalists of our guest author contest. Over three weeks 12 winning articles will be published — selected top-10-lists and discussion articles. To rate the articles we'll analyze popularity, users activity, quality of backlinks, traffic etc. You can follow our updates on Twitter — feel free to share your comments, suggestions and remarks.

USB Drives

We are using a lot of beautiful things every day. Once we understand how beautiful they are, the life is becoming better and more interesting... and when not... well, then they still make our life more interesting! There are some truly beautiful things to make our life a little bit more unusual and vivid. Most of them are ordinarily but they can make our life and the life of people around us a little bit more spectacular. The question is: do we need these things? – Of course we do!

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